CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez and Bettenhausen Join Forces for 2000

HERDEZ/BETTENHAUSEN MOTORSPORTS MICHEL JOURDAIN JR., CAR ...

HERDEZ/BETTENHAUSEN MOTORSPORTS MICHEL JOURDAIN JR., CAR #19 MERCEDES/LOLA/FIRESTONE

HERDEZ AND BETTENHAUSEN JOIN FORCES FOR YEAR 2000

Mexican Food Company Herdez through its Motorsports Director Antonio Marron proudly announces its association with Bettenhausen Motorsports for the CART's 2000 FedEx Championship Series season. The team will compete with a single car and Mexican driver Michel Jourdain Jr. will be at the steering wheel.

Antonio Marron, Motorsports Director of the Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports: "After an extensive analysis of the options available, finally we made the decision to join forces with Bettenhausen Motorsports. For the 2000 season we will use a Mercedes/Lola/Firestone package and we do believe with this change of team, our driver Michel (Jourdain Jr.) will have the necessary tools to be competitive at the start of the new millennium."

He added: "Mercedes-Benz will provide us a new and improved engine. We also have a good relationship with Lola, since we competed last season with its chassis and our new engineer Tom Brown, also has a great relationship with Ben Bowlby, chief designer of Lola Cars international Ltd. On the other hand, Firestone always supplied good tires to us and of course, this year with their new commitment as the only tire-supplier in the Series, we will count again with the best tires in the business."

"Our driver is ready for new challenges in its fourth full season and fifth in the Series. Regarding our new team, they have a professional and competitive program, something that suits us very well. Undoubtedly, with all these elements at hand the result we will be a successful combination."

Michel Jourdain Jr., Car #19 Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports: "I followed very closely all the procedures to finally reach the agreement with Bettenhausen Motorsports. They are very professional and after having a testing in late October in Sebring with the team, I am convinced that they are the best option for us. This please me very much and I am looking forward to start to work with them."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michel Jourdain , Tom Brown